Early winter conditions kicked in last week, so it’s time to assess my winter wardrobe. The Nova Scotia tourism site says our mid-December to mid-March temperatures are 0 to -15C.
I don’t do any winter recreation. My only outdoor time is scraping frost off the car windshield and shovelling snow. However, since I have a new job close to home, I plan to walk to and from work, a 3 km round trip, 15 minutes each way. Unless the wind chill is unbearable.
My everyday winter outdoor wear is:
- Hooded “fashion” parka ($150 in 2010)
- Warm lined rubber boots ($100, this year)
- Hiking boots ($100, this year)
- Hats, scarves, mittens ($31 for 3 hats, $15 for 1 scarf, rest were gifts)
- Gloves – not shown ($40 for Isotoner driving gloves – not very warm – lots more were gifts)
If the weather is wet (snow, rain or mix), I have a rain suit:
- Waterproof jacket with hood and polar fleece liner
- Waterproof pants
Bought as a set for $85 at Costco, 8 years ago
And for somewhat dressier occasions I have:
- Short double-breasted wool coat ($40 great deal, 7 years ago)
- Short boots with a bit of a heel ($42, 8 years ago)
So I am fairly well-equipped for a Canadian winter for $600.
When I lived in Saskatchewan I had a long wool coat for the -20 to -40 days.
I am frustrated with my “fashion parka” because the fill is part down and part feathers, and the feathers keep coming through the jacket. Next time I will check the label properly! I am tempted to buy a Canada Goose parka and may feel I “require” one because of walking to work now, but I will resist. At $650 they are worth more than the rest of my winter gear combined, so it’s not happening!
If I were going to update my outdoor gear, I would add brown accessories to my teal wool coat. This is Link’s favourite colour combination and I have grown to like it. I don’t have any tall dressy boots right now, and if I hadn’t bought two pairs of boots this year, I would be out looking for brown riding boots! Or any tall fashion boots, really…
If I am outside for a long time, like when I am shovelling snow from the driveway, I might wear layers including a lightweight long sleeve T-shirt, tights, boot socks, and mini-gloves under my mitts!
If you are in a cold climate, what are your winter outdoor essentials? Do you go for brand names?